hey all. I had the 56 in model for 3 years before the bulb blew. Lucky for me, It blew just outside of my fancy best buy extended warranty by about a month!! Ah well I thought, I had a good run with that first bulb, I must've reset that lamp timer 4 times! Lucky for me, I won an Amazon gift card at work just that week, and it was enough to cover an OEM Philips Bulb, shipping and everything. Lucky me! Or so I thought.
After replacing the bulb, however , I started to get a purple spot just off of center, about 7 o'clock.. I really loved this set, so I told myself maybe there was an adjustment period for the bulb or something, and it would go away. It got worse, in about a weeks time the purple blob ended up being about 6 in in diameter. After 10 days, I developed what looked like a black rip inside of the blob where no picture is visible at all. This 'rip' is sizable, it makes it hard to play any kind of video games on for example.
JVC says its the light engine, and I went through that debacle with a Panasonic I had prior to this one, so I didn't ask how much (I never got the panny fixed, it became part of a class action lawsuit so I just upgraded to the JVC). They said there were no recalls or reports that would constitute repairs outside of the standard warranty. So, again, I upgraded - and unfortunately am having my share of bad luck with the new set as well
I paid just shy of 2 grand for this set, I would have hoped it would last me longer than a little over 3 years.
Just thought I'd share my story in case anyone has anything similar. Oh, and by the way, did any of you have to clean dust out from inside of this TV frequently? Seemed like any time I dusted behind the set, Id find nice black splotches on the picture the next time I'd sit down to watch it. I'd have to open the side panel up, clean the lense or the mirror with a microfiber cloth until I found the culprits. I had to do this all the friggin time! So much that I just stopped dusting the set as often so that I didn't have to open it up as much.